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    Sale 11929

    The Ian and Susan Wilson Collection of Scholar's Objects

    17 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1166

    AN OVAL 'LANTING PAVILION' INK STONE

    19TH CENTURY

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    AN OVAL 'LANTING PAVILION' INK STONE
    19TH CENTURY
    The top and sides are carved with scenes from the Lanting Pavilion gathering, and the underside is carved with a figure in a boat below mountains.
    4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm.) long


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    The scene on the present ink stone is based on the Lanting Xu, or 'Lanting Preface', originally written by the greatest of all calligraphers, Wang Xizhi (c. AD 307-365), to commemorate the Lanting (Orchid Pavilion) gathering, which took place in the ninth year of the Yonghe reign of the Eastern Jin dynasty (AD 353). Forty-two scholars were invited to the Orchid Pavilion near Shanyin, Zhejiang province, for the Spring Purification Festival, where a scholarly game took place. The participants were challenged to compose poems, having each been given an initial character. Those who produced two poems had to drink one cup of wine, whilst those who only composed one poem drank two cups, and those who failed to compose any poetry at all, were required to consume three cups.